World No. 1 Any Murray looked like world No. 1 Andy Murray on Saturday, winning a tight two sets before rolling to victory over No. 29-seeded former Slam winner Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(8), 7-5, 6-0 at the French Open.
“It was my best performance definitely during the claycourt season,” Murray said. “The second or third sets were the best I have played, for sure. I’m starting to feel better. I was looking forward to Roland Garros, I’ve struggled the last six, seven weeks coming in but I have great memories here and hopefully I can now keep it going.”
It was also a day of precipitation that left matches cancelled or unfinished.
Murray will next meet the winner of No. 21 John Isner vs. Karen Khachanov, who were rained out after the Russian won the first set.
Other Top 10 winners were No. 3 Stan Wawrinka handling No. 28 Fabio Fognini 7-6(2), 6-0, 6-2, and No. 7 Marin Cilic rolling past Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.
“It was a really great first set and I’m really pleased with how I battled,” said Wawrinka, who was aided by a Fognini knee injury. “I moved a lot better after that first set. It’s very difficult to play Fabio because he’s really unpredictable. He can play very quickly and can vary the tempo a lot.”
Cilic will next meet Kevin Anderson, who needed almost four hours to beat Brit Kyle Edmund 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also continued his upset run, ousting No. 22 Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. The Spaniard will next meet the winner of the postponed No. 8 Kei Nishikori and Hyeon Chung.
The packed Sunday schedule at Roland Garros includes highlights (15) Gael Monfils leading (24) Richard Gasquet 6-5 (to finish), (2) Novak Djokovic vs. (19) Albert Ramos Vinolas, (4) Rafael Nadal vs. (17) Roberto Bautista Augut, (5) Milos Raonic vs. (20) Pablo Carreno Busta, and Karen Khachanov leading (21) John Isner 7-6(1).
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